Happy (Official) Summer!

Happy, happy summer everyone!! 🙂  Our first week of break has been pretty amazing, it didn’t take long to get used to not having a 5am wake-up call & most of all, not having to leave Waverly Maye each day.  She seemed at little confused at first, which was so crazy to me since my spring break (only ten weeks ago), she didn’t notice a difference.  They grow oh so quickly, right?!
  Now when I walk in each morning to get her from her crib, she says “mama gotta go to work” in her saddest, most pitiful voice.  Then, when I tell her I don’t & that I am staying with her all day, she screams “YAY!” so loud I’m sure the neighbors can hear.  I can totally relate, I have given a few “YAY’s” myself, this time was much needed & long-awaited, that’s for sure.

I’m thinking its the excitement & that I will be eating my words in no time, but Waverly has been pretty great this past week.  We have definitely had our moments (she ran after our poor dog for so long the other morning he went into hiding & also, she recently started to “bark” at other people who try to get on the slide at the park – perhaps she learned it from the dog?), but for the most part, we have had so much fun.  I think we both feel like we are on vacation & we are very happy about it.

Waverly’s Headand, Dress Sold-Out
It’s been really, really hot here (I won’t dare complain), so each day we have found some sort of water activity.  We have been to the waterpark a couple days, my grandparents pool, the zoo (where we really stayed at the splash pad), & even most of our time at home have been spent with the hose or in the baby pool.  Even in only one week, I have seen the biggest difference in how well Waverly can swim.  Her lack of fear of the water has now escalated to literally jumping in by herself or going down the waterslide head first, both of which put her completely under the water.  It scares the hell out of me when she pops up with eyes so wide they are the size of her head, but then everytime, she says “again!”.  I am so thankful for this lifevest we found (& definitely recomend), it gives me at least some peace of mind. 😉

I’ve decided that summer makes for an exhausted toddler & therefore, does wonders for their sleep schedule, which is also nothing short of amazing.  The other morning Waverly slept until 8:30, something that has never, ever happened in her 23 months of life.  We have found a pretty good routine of going out for the day at about 10 & then leaving at 1 or 1:30, each time she has fallen asleep on the way home & after I put her in her crib, slept for so long I had to go in to wake her up.  With her extra long naps, we decided to push back her bedtime from 7 to 8, which has given us lots of extra family time & also a family walk after dinner each night.  It makes for long days & I’m pretty sure I am more tired at the end of the day now then when I was working, but it’s well, well worth it!
Bow Bikini – On Sale
And lastly, we needed a bathing suit the other afternoon & all of Waverly’s were in the wash.  So I decided to try on her one-shoulder suit from last summer, which also could be referred to as my favorite “mini” suit of all time.  I can’t even believe I was able to fit this 9-month suit on her, it obviously wasn’t an easy fit & that was most definitely the last go-round on this one, but it was so fun to see it on her one last time (& to compare this picture with her in the same suit last year).

Happy Monday, hope you all had a great weekend!!


  1. June 23, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    So cute! Just love little ones in their swimwear.

  2. June 23, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    Ha ha, Mia has been wearing the first swimsuit we ever bought her, size 0-6 months, when we swim in our little baby pool! Good thing those are stretchy!
    It sounds like you're having the best summer ever so far! We want to come play!! So much fun 🙂

  3. June 23, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    That "mini-suit" looks absolutely adorable on her!! Good reminder that sometimes we can make them last for one extra-wear!!

  4. June 23, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    Oh my – her swimsuits…TOO CUTE! So glad you're enjoying your summer break! 🙂

  5. June 23, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    Sounds like such a fun summer so far! I love being outside after dinner and letting Liam run off any of the last energy! Hope you both have another wonderful week!

  6. June 23, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    She has the cutest swim suits! I love the tux one 🙂 So stylish!

  7. June 23, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    There is seriously nothing better than summer and I am so glad you girls are making the most out of it! I am so obsessed with W's swimsuits!

  8. June 23, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    eek! happy summer!!! you guys are going to have the best summer ever. look at how much fun she's having ALREADY!!

  9. June 23, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Love the swimsuits! too cute!

  10. June 23, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    So adorable! I'm terribly jealous of your "summer vacation" with your little lady! Sounds like you guys are really living it up! I can't wait for maternity leave so I can spend more time with Mac (and Mim), but I know it won't be quite as relaxing as I'm picturing it in my head! 🙂 There is nothing about having a newborn that says vacation. 🙂

  11. June 23, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    ohmygosh that pic from last year!!! I'm pretty sure I've been following you since last summer, has it been that long? man time! But, watching her grow right along with you makes you forget how little she was before!

    Long summer days make for great summer sleeps! Worth it! I wish our area was more family walk friendly, not a sidewalk in sight.

    p.s. don't forget to check out the christmas in july matches today – http://sweet-turtle-soup.blogspot.com/2014/06/christmas-in-july-matches.html

  12. June 23, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Her swimsuits are adorable!!! It looks like you're enjoying your summer break together– so special!

    • June 23, 2014 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks, it is pretty special!!! 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!

  13. Anonymous
    June 23, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    You're totally rocking summer already!! Loving all the cute swim suits!!

  14. June 23, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Adorable!! I've been thinking of the same thing – pushing back bedtime to get in a little more time after supper. Summer evenings especially are the best!! 🙂

  15. June 23, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    How sweet is her reaction to you staying home?!? And the barking at other kids made me laugh out loud!! Sounds like something Arden would do 😉 We've been moving bed time back lately too because of the longer naps…it gives their dads some extra time too!

  16. June 23, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    oh that tux suit is so cute! Love her reaction to you being home, my son does that too! It's such a great feeling, right?!

  17. June 24, 2014 / 1:29 am

    So glad you guys are enjoying your time off together! I wish my little man would sleep for that long – gosh, that would be great. Today he slept for a grand total of an hour – 2 naps of 30 minutes apiece. Maybe I need to wear him out more like you are doing with Waverly, lol!:)

  18. June 24, 2014 / 2:29 am

    Oh I just LOVE her swimsuits!

  19. June 24, 2014 / 2:58 am

    You ladies are adorable!
    Loving all the fun you're already having!

  20. June 24, 2014 / 3:56 am

    SO SWEET!!! Mama got to go to work? No! YAY!!! That is the sweetest.
    And your summer? Sounds like so much fun! Go out and play for a while, take a nap and relax, and then take a family walk and have family time? PERFECTION.

  21. June 24, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    so adorable, I love all of her swimwear! and I hear you about LONG summer naps…I feel bad waking Elyse, but sometimes it has to be done for the sake of nighttime sleep!

  22. June 25, 2014 / 12:19 am

    So sweet how excited she is each morning to spend the day with you. And yay for the summertime sleep schedule! I've noticed the same thing over here, but I'm almost scared to say it aloud and jinx it…

    The Joni Journey

  23. June 25, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    So so sweet!! I'm so glad you get to spend the summer with her! She is at such a great age to create so many memories!!

  24. June 25, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    This is so so sweet! I am so glad you get to spend the summer with her! She is at such a great age where you are creating so many fun memories!!

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